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Post 69  Springfield,MO, Missouri




CHARTER DATE: September 15, 1919

POST NAMESAKE: Goad-Ballinger

WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE: The American Legion Goad-Ballinger Post 69 is located at the intersection of East Trafficway and Kimbrough Avenue at the Benton Avenue Viaduct. It is one of the oldest American Legion posts in the state. Two American Legion posts, Goad (Post.. Read more »

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The very FIRST Charter for Post 69 was under the name of "John Marion Goad". John Goad served with the 48th Aero Squadron during the war. He became the first soldier from Greene County to be.. Full story »
This is the Document signed by the President giving the Rights to the American Legion to be a Binding organization Acknowledged by the US Government in the United States Full story »
Photograph of Paul A. Frey, the first Commander of the Goad-Ballinger American Legion Post. During World War I, Frey served as Captain of Company C, 130th Machine Gun Battalion, 35th Division. He also served with Company K, 2nd Missouri Infantry on the Mexican Border. He was Injured and wounded in the Battle for the Argonne Forest on September 29 1918. Later in 1932 He became the Police Chief of Springfield Missouri and was involved in.. Full story »
Homer Ballinger served with the 110th Trench Mortar Battery. He died on August 25, 1918. This Post 193 was short lived and combined with POST 69 in 1920 with the final name of the post being.. Full story »
Guy C. Gibbs was a Springfield native that joined the Army on April 15th 1918 and was in Company A 49th engineers and later the 119th Transportation Corps. He served in France from July 1918 to July of 1919 until he returned to Springfield. His Wife Mrs. Gibbs was Also instrumental in the founding of the ladies Auxiliary as being the Auxiliary's first Vice President elected at Post 69. Guy Gibbs would be one of.. Full story »
Ben J. Harrison a Springfield native as inducted into federal service on September 18 1917 and served in Headquarters company of the 342nd Infantry which was part of the 86th Division over in France. His final last rank was as a Corporal and served in France from June 1918 to May 1919. He was 21 years old when he joined the Army in 1917. He was was one of 4 Commanders the post had in.. Full story »
Portrait photographs of Lieutenant John M. Goad and Sergeant Homer J. Ballinger. The two American Legion posts, Goad and Ballinger merged in August 1920 after being separate entities. The Goad Post was named after John M... Full story »
We have many of these and most lead back to the earliest years of the Legion and the Nation conventions. They list the events and the National Commanders at the time and a great wealth of.. Full story »
In doing the research for the American Legion Post 69 as the Historian, I ran into a LONG forgotten and buried precious book of the FIRST unofficial (pre-chartered) and subsequent official meetings for the first few.. Full story »
This is a most interesting pile of paperwork I found recently in the Legion Post. It is unknown if this was a wide spread Club within the American legion and Axillary, but About 100 of these.. Full story »
This is a original invitation to A soldier named Oliver English from Springfield Missouri. He served in France with the 89th Division field artillery. These events took place each year near Armistice day now known as.. Full story »